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Sick From Non-Vegan Cookies

by Jennifer
(Denver, IN)

I have been a strict vegan for a couple of months now and last night I got the craving for some chocolate chip cookies that I made for my kids that day. I ate about 7 of them and within a half an hour, I was so sick! I was having hot flashes, upset stomach, terrible headache. The cookies were made with eggs and dairy. Could this have made me sick?

I have been feeling wonderful eating vegan and I cannot figure out why I got so sick, so quick and so bad. The only explanation seems to me to be the cookies. What do you think?


UGH! So sorry to hear about your trouble. I can't say for sure, but it definitely seems like you were affected by the eggs and butter in the cookies, especially if none of your children had any stomach problems. I personally haven't had a situation like that, but I have heard from many people that the day they stop eating vegan, they feel terrible.

One of my cousins used to do a month long vegan diet and then take a "day off," and she always regretted it afterwards with stomach aches. Eventually she just gave up on the day off!

But, there is good news... there are some absolutely delicious chocolate chip cookie recipes out there that you can make for your kids and they WILL NEVER KNOW THE DIFFERENCE!!! I just fed a big carnivore Dreena Burton's chocolate chip cookies the other day and he said they were the best cookies he's ever had. Then, you can eat as many as you want and not get sick.

Check out this page for my favorite vegan book recommendations. Dreena's books are to die for, and Isa Chandra Moskowitz just came out with a cookie book that is stacked with amazing recipes. You can get Vegan Cookies Invade Your Cookie Jar from Amazon here.

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Confirmed My Choice to Go Vegan By Trying Cheese
by: Leesa

About six months ago I decided to go vegan. Everything I've been seeing happening around the world to the environment, it just made sense. Yesterday I tried a little experiment. I had a "real" cheese and spinach enchilada for lunch. I got so sick. I was doubled over in pain for hours. Never again will I ever ingest any sort of animal products. I knew six months ago I was making the right choice. Yesterday just confirmed it.

Lactose Intolerance
by: Anonymous

The enzymes used to digest meat and eggs do not differ from those used to digest plant matter. No matter how long you have been vegan, there is no physiological reason that you should feel ill from ingesting bacon or a fried egg. On the other hand, there are special enzymes which are required to break down dairy. Not eating dairy can in some cases cause your body to stop producing these enzymes, rendering you lactose intolerant. This is especially likely if you are genetically descended from people of a culture which does not traditionally incorporate dairy into the culture. There are, however, many people who do not have dairy (by choice or hardship) for many years and do not develop lactose intolerance. My guess would be that you are lactose intolerant.

Enzymes & Vegans
by: Amy

Your body doesn't like to use energy on things you won't use. When you stop eating things like meat or dairy, your body stops making the enzymes it would need to break them down. After being vegan for awhile, you aren't able to digest animal products like you used to.

It takes time for your body to adjust, so make changes in small increments.

And next time someone tempts you with a burger or plate of cookies and you feel awkward rejecting it, remember the stomachache you will save yourself if you turn it down. This helps me when I'm at social events and don't want to be rude. You might get some funny looks if you talk about enzymes, but no one wants you to get sick.

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